On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks to Florida State Seminoles Head Coach Lonni Alameda about the high expectations entering the 2017 season.
Alameda enters her 9th season coaching the Noles coming off second trip in three seasons to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series reaching the semifinals for the third time in school history and ending with a 55-10 record with a No. 4 national ranking, which tied for the highest final NFCA ranking ever for FSU.
Alameda has led the Seminoles to ACC Championship titles in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Among the topics Alameda talks about include :
- Expectations of 2017 season with almost entire team back from WCWS appearance.
- Learning from experience in Oklahoma City in 2016
- Depth on the roster on offense and pitching.
- Being the target in the ACC and in the country
- Jessica Burroughs leading the pitching staff
- Leaders passing on the tradition from senior class to senior class under Alameda.
- Being Head Coach in the NPF with USSSA Pride
- Being involved with Canadian National team in 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
- Softball back in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.
Alameda won ACC Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season in 2016 as Jessica Burroughs and Alex Powers earned ACC Pitcher and Player of the Year honors, respectively in the ACC. FSU set an ACC record with six members on the All-ACC First Team as Burroughs and Powers were joined by Ellie Cooper, Meghan King, Morgan Klaevemann and Jessica Warren. Burroughs, Powers and Warren were named NFCA All-Americans, marking the sixth time that FSU had three All-Americans in the same season.
2017 is the first time in program history the Noles return three All-Americans from a previous season.
Alameda spent summer of 2016 being the Head Coach of USSSA Pride in 2016 leading them to the best record in the NPF in regular season and took them to NPF Championship Series before falling to the Chicago Bandits in 3 games for the championship. Balancing multiple coaching jobs is nothing new for Alameda.
Alameda helped the development of Canada’s National team from 2004 to 2008 aiding Canada up until the 2004 Summer Olympics and resumed as an assistant following the 2005 season when Alameda was the Head Coach at UNLV. In the summer of 2006, Canada qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, after its strong showing in the World Championships. Alameda spent the summer of 2008 with the Canadian team which ended its quest for the gold with a fourth-place finish at the Beijing Olympic Games.